The CHS will be organizing a Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) workshop for parents from Saskatchewan and Manitoba to take place October 19-21, 2012 in Saskatoon.  The Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) program is a parenting program that is designed to be presented to parents, by trained PEP leaders (parents, social workers and nurses) to affirm positive existing parent/child behaviors while focusing on the unique problems faced by parents who are raising a child with a bleeding disorder.  Thanks to an educational grant from Bayer, and support from the Saskatchewan and Manitoba chapters, the CHS will be able to cover travel and accommodation expenses for up to 8 parent couples to attend the workshop (4 from each province).

The PEP workshop is an intensive weekend experience and requires a strong commitment from parents.  It is suggested that the nurse coordinator and social worker at each HTC work together to identify potential parents who would benefit from the workshop and be receptive to the program. HTC social workers, in consultation with their chapter presidents and provincial staff, would select the parents from their region and forward the names and email addresses to rleslie@hemophilia.ca at the CHS by September 15 at the latest.  If your family is interested in participating in the PEP program, please be sure to discuss it your HTC nurses. Accepted families will be contacted to confirm their registration and to provide them with further details about the weekend, including travel and hotel arrangements.

Program facilitators for the 2012 Manitoba / Saskatchewan Pep workshop are:  Patty Phrakonkham-Ali, Social Worker Manitoba HTC; Sandra Waboose, Parent from Thunder Bay; Christine Keilback, Parent from Winnipeg, Nancy Hodgson, RN Saskatchewan HTC; Michelle Sims, Social Worker Saskatchewan HTC.